Fall has officially arrived and now is the time to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming cold weather! As the weather changes, your car’s functionality tends to change too. To ensure that your car maintains proper fuel efficiency, performance, tire quality, and safety features, you must take the necessary steps to winterize your vehicle.
If you’re due for maintenance, have it completed before winter sets in at D&R Intensive Car Care, your local auto repair shop and tire dealer in Statesboro.
Here are eight important steps in winterizing your car:
Step 1: Change the Oil
When the weather gets cold, oil can thicken and cause problems. The colder the weather, the thinner you want the oil in your engine to be. Your car may need a different type of oil in the winter months to maintain optimal performance. Opt for a high-quality, winter-friendly oil at D & R Intensive Car Care to keep your engine running efficiently.
Step 2: Check the Tire Pressure
When the weather gets cold, the pressure in your tires can drop, reducing your traction on roads. The air pressure in a tire typically goes down 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change, according to Goodyear Tires. Keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure to ensure safe driving and precise handling. Don’t forget to check the air pressure in your spare tire as well.
Step 3: Consider a Tire Change
Good tires are the key to safety and staying on the road when the weather is questionable. You should make sure your tires have an appropriate amount of tread on them. If your tires are lacking tread, replace your tires at a local auto repair shop today! Check out tire Statesboro for the best deals on tires today.
Step 4: Have the Battery Inspected
If you see signs of corrosion on the battery terminals or cable ends, then your battery needs attention. If your car battery is three years old or older, take your car in to D & R Intensive Car Care and have a qualified mechanic test the battery strength. If your battery is weak, it could potentially die when cold weather hits. Replace the battery to avoid jump-starting or becoming stranded.
Step 5: Replace the Windshield Wiper Blades
Visibility is essential during the winter and rainy seasons. Most windshield wiper blades last about a year and fall is a great time to replace your wipers.
Step 6: Schedule a Belt Assessment
When you go in for your oil change at D & R Intensive Car Care, have your belts and hoses looked at too. Normal wear and tear can turn into a major problem when low temperatures strike. Therefore, it is crucial to handle all replacements before winter.
Step 7: Top off all Fluids
You will need to fluid flush or switch your fluids over to low-temperature varieties. Check your coolant, antifreeze, and windshield wiper fluid levels at the beginning of fall. Top off each fluid with a high-quality version that won’t freeze when cold weather arrives.
Step 8: Assemble a Winter Safety Kit
Create a basic emergency kit in your car that includes a snow scraper, extra coat, blankets, extra coolant, antifreeze, and washer fluid. As you expand your kit, take the time to replace any medical or automotive supplies as well.
At D & R Intensive Car Care, we want to instill confidence and safety with our customers. Our qualified mechanics are ready to assist you with all of your car care needs. Schedule an online appointment today, or come by our family owned and operated auto repair shop in Statesboro, GA, so we can help you prepare for the approaching cold weather.
Winter is coming…. is your vehicle ready? We are now offering $10 off winterization services for a limited time only.